Warriors have top-five odds to win 2021 NBA title, but Lakers are favorites

In an extremely early look forward to next NBA season, the Golden State Warriors are among the betting favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2021.

The Los Angeles Lakers, who captured their first title in a decade Sunday night, have the shortest odds at the 2021 championship, opening at the Caesars Sportsbook at 15-to-4 odds. But not far behind them are the Warriors at 8-1, good for fourth among all teams.

The Warriors expect to have their All-Star trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green back on the court together for the first time since the 2019 NBA Finals. Since that time, they’ve lost superstar Kevin Durant, replacing him in the starting lineup with Andrew Wiggins — and they’ll also have the No. 2 pick in next month’s draft, provided they don’t swap the pick for a current player who they expect to help more immediately.

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In the crowded Western Conference, the Warriors and Lakers must compete with the LA Clippers (4-1 odds), Denver Nuggets (20-1) and Houston Rockets (20-1) just to reach the title.

Eastern Conference favorites include the Miami Heat, this year’s East representative in the Finals, at 15-1. But listed ahead of Miami are back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks (6-1), the young Boston Celtics (12-1) and Durant’s Brooklyn Nets (10-1).

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In ESPN’s way-too-early 2021 NBA power rankings released Monday, the Warriors sit sixth behind the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks.

Here’s the full list of odds as they opened at the Caesars Sportsbook:

Lakers 15-4
Clippers 4-1
Bucks 6-1
Warriors 8-1
Nets 10-1
Celtics 12-1
Heat 15-1
Nuggets 20-1
Raptors 20-1
Rockets 20-1
Mavericks 25-1
Trail Blazers 30-1
76ers 30-1
Jazz 40-1
Pelicans 50-1
Thunder 50-1
Suns 60-1
Pacers 100-1
Grizzlies 100-1
Hawks 100-1
Wizards 100-1
Bulls 100-1
Magic 200-1
Spurs 200-1
Kings 200-1
T-wolves 200-1
Pistons 300-1
Knicks 300-1
Cavaliers 300-1
Hornets 400-1

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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